Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sharing Flickr

Flickr is a free online photo and video management site for everyone to use for sharing visual media. The purpose of this blog is to explore and review Flickr used as an active learning tool for students.
Firstly I would like to point out a few practical uses of Flickr in schools, these are:
•Visual images can be shared and used in presentations
•Educators can create a virtual field trip from your classroom
•Use Flickr in conjunction with Google Earth to help teach Geography
•Teachers/students can use the RSS feeder function to directly feed required images for classroom tasks
•Imagery documentation, editing and direct posting to classroom blog from Flickr.
A strategy teachers could use to implement Flickr as an active learning tool would to have students work in small groups and create a imagery storyline of a class project (e.g., cooking foods from around the world). Students could use their own photos or share photos from other school classes worldwide who are working on the same project. Students working together on meaningful projects socially and academically have a sense of belonging (Ashman & Elkins, 2008). Also according to the theory of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (1968, 1970, 1976, as cited in McInerney & McInerney, 2006); students need to feel they belong for learning to continue.
However, like any other sharing website used for educational purposes, caution and careful scanning of images is needed.
This blog and photo was created and posted using a link option between Flickr and Blogger.
Jim Price

Ashman, A., & Elkins, J. (2008). Education for Inclusion and Diversity. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia.

Mclnerney, D. M, & Mclnerney, V. (2006). Educational psychology constructing learning. Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia: Pearsons Education Australia.

Photo: Retrieved August 6, 2009.

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